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Obesity in schools and the role of the school nurse
The Guardian — Liberty Voice
Obesity in children has risen by 47 percent, according to the latest figures published by The Lancet. This has sparked a resurgence of attention towards previously highlighted topics such as the Body Mass Index (BMI) report cards that children in some schools are being given and the delivery of healthier school lunches. Some healthcare professionals and parents have been looking to the role of the school nurse, and asking that schools consider having a professionally trained individual to oversee health-related issues.
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We are developing our public policy platform for the coming year and we cannot do this without knowing the thoughts and wishes of the membership. The patient safety act ballot initiative for November 2014 seeks to change the landscape for nursing. Your participation is extremely important to the future direction of your association.
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Career Guides Needed for ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) Career Connections Program! New nurses need you!
ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) is happy to announce that the new program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position is very popular! The aim of the Career Connections program is to match a novice nurse (the Seeker) with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge and experiences with novice nurses through this important transition to a professional position in nursing. Career Guides support and encourage the seeker throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide Seeker to:
  • Identify possible entry level positions
  • Critique cover letters and resumes
  • Provide coaching for interviews with nurse recruiters
  • Listen and support to novices’ questions and answer job-related concerns
Once matched, Career Guides and novice nurses arrange to meet at a mutually agreeable time. The connection is meant to end when novice nurses find their first position. To participate send name, position, snail mail address and phone number to Sabianca Delva at

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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The September 2014 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by @ 123,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
This year we are focusing on safe staffing and encourage you to weigh in on this important issue!
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
Deadline date for submission is July 10th!

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Modern Healthcare Voting
ANA President Karen Daley, ANA CEO Marla Weston and American Academy of Nursing President Diana Mason have made the ballot for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” ranking! Voting closes Friday, June 13. Please vote here for the five nominees you believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential."

We encourage you to vote for nurse leader nominees. Recognizing nurse leaders in the “Most Influential” rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession and show how nurses are “leading the way” to transform the health care system. Additional nurse leaders on this year’s ballot include:

  • Geraldine "Polly" Bednash, CEO/executive director, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington
  • Maureen Bisognano, president and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Susan Hohenhaus, executive director, Emergency Nurses Association, Des Plaines, Ill.
  • Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO, Catholic Health Association, Washington
  • Beverly Malone, CEO, National League for Nursing, Washington
  • Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator, CMS, Baltimore, Md.
  • Deborah Trautman, CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington
  • Deidre Walton, president, National Black Nurses Association, Silver Spring, Md.

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    Guidance to US clinicians regarding new WHO polio vaccination requirements for travel by residents of and long-term visitors to countries with active polio transmission
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    U.S. clinicians should be aware of possible new vaccination requirements for patients planning travel for greater than four weeks to countries with ongoing poliovirus transmission. The May 5 WHO statement names 10 such countries, three designated as “exporting wild poliovirus” that should “ensure” recent polio boosters among all departing residents and long-term travelers, and an additional seven countries “infected with wild poliovirus” that should “encourage” recent polio vaccination boosters among residents and long-term travelers.
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    H1N1 drives majority of hospitalizations in latest flu season
    Modern Healthcare
    More than 9,500 influenza-related hospitalizations were reported this season, according to the findings of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's latest Morbidity and Mortality weekly Report, with 57 percent of cases occurring among those between the ages of 18 and 64. Among those hospitalized, 88 percent reportedly had the deadly H1N1 virus, the same flu strain that the World Health Organization initially estimated was responsible for 18,000 deaths worldwide during 2009's flu pandemic. However, the H1N1 strain has since been attributed to as many as 200,000 deaths worldwide, according to the findings of a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine in November.
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    Healthcare providers reluctant to ask heart failure patients about end-of-life plans
    Healthcare providers are reluctant to discuss end-of-life care with heart failure patients and their families because they feel uncomfortable broaching the topic or lack time, according to a new study presented at the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions. Researchers surveyed 50 physicians and 45 nurse practitioners or physician assistants at three practices at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic Health System. Ninety-five clinicians completed the survey.
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    Mobile health is enhancing clinical decisions at the point of care
    HIT Consultant
    Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous in doctors’ offices and hospitals as a means to standardize care protocols, improve the flow of information, and ease the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs). In fact, mobile devices are becoming as essential as the exam table, according to a 2013 survey conducted on behalf of Wolters Kluwer Health by Paris-based market and technology firm Ipsos.

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    Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign
    Modern Healthcare
    National Nurses United has launched a media campaign criticizing the effects of what it called “digitalized care.” The multipronged campaign specifically criticizes electronic health records and bedside computers, saying they “too often fail” and lead to diagnoses and treatments based on “generic population trends” instead of individualized assessments. The campaign also references a December report from HHS' Office of Inspector General, which said EHRs allow hospitals and physicians to cover up fraud or medical malpractice.

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    Integrating telemedicine and mHealth into the health system
    By Jessica Taylor
    Many people think futuristic possibilities when they hear about telemedicine and mobile health, but the reality is that both will increase productivity and efficiency throughout the health system in the coming years. At the ATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Trade Show, healthcare colleagues were discussing how the alternative to face-to-face communication — telemedicine — has grown remarkably in the past few years and is continuing to do so.

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    Ambulatory care nurses give power to their patients
    Nurses who work in ambulatory care say they want their patients to go home with more than a care plan and prescriptions. They want them to see the hope in their conditions and feel confident that they have the power to improve their health. For Pamela Kostic, RN, BA, CCCC, chest pain accreditation coordinator at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Heart Institute, empowering patients in the outpatient setting means making sure they know risk factors and lifestyle changes that will affect their chances of having a heart attack.
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    The healthcare industry is pushing patients to help themselves
    The Wall Street Journal
    It's the last mile in the race to fix healthcare — getting patients more involved. Hospitals, doctors and public-health officials are pushing patients to keep track of their medical data, seek preventive care and stay on top of chronic conditions. They're measuring how motivated patients are to manage their own health and adopting a wide range of strategies to help them do better, a concept known as patient engagement.
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    Recent measles outbreaks show need for vaccinations
    By Denise A. Valenti
    Children in the United States get immunized for more than 12 childhood diseases, and it is a prerequisite for being able to attend school. Up until recently, the rates of childhood illness was at the lowest in years. Outbreaks of measles — concentrated primarily in Ohio and California — in recent months indicate that there is still need for vigilance in protecting against infectious diseases. At least 18 states have reported particularly high rates of measles in recent weeks.
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    Vaccine for infant tummy bug cuts hospitalizations: CDC
    HealthDay News
    Since the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in 2006, the number of kids hospitalized for severe diarrhea has dropped dramatically, a new study finds. Rotavirus is a common cause of sometimes severe gastrointestinal infections in babies and young children. However, by 2009-2010, hospitalizations for rotavirus among children under 5 had been reduced by 94 percent due to widespread vaccination, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
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    Turning a corner in stroke care
    Medscape (free subscription)
    As a neurosurgeon trained in cranial and endovascular neurosurgery, Dr. Khalessi greatly anticipates the International Stroke Conference (ISC) as an opportunity to engage the research community in advancing the care of patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Fortunately, the historic nihilism in stroke care is giving way to renewed optimism and focused progress in our treatment and understanding of cerebrovascular disease.
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    Nurses: Burning out or burning bright
    By Keith Carlson
    The words "burnout" and "nursing" are all too often mentioned in the same breath. If you talk to enough nurses, you'll hear plenty of stories of burnout that could make your hair stand on end. Sadly, many nurses feel that burnout is unavoidable, while others take a proactive stance against this condition that impacts our profession so deeply. As dedicated, hard-working caregivers, we must live with the potential for burnout, but the potential for healthy living is a parallel reality that is also within our grasp.
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    New medical model can improve primary care in the US
    Healthline News
    The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model has been shown to deliver better patient care than traditional primary-care practices, but some doctors won't want to change. What makes the model so effective? PCMHs promote a team approach; the focus is on coordinating care between a patient and his or her entire healthcare team across hospitals, specialty-care providers, nursing facilities, and other organizations. In addition, PCMHs leverage the power of health-information technology.
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